Celebrate Summer the Swedish Way!
The “kräftskiva” (crayfish party) is one of the most important social events of the year in Sweden. It is usually held in August during the height of the crayfish season, and it’s a time for friends to gather together and celebrate the warm weather, warm company and heaping piles of fresh crayfish.
Participants often wear funny hats and enjoy “singing drinking,” songs while taking snaps (or shots, as we call them.) The parties continue well into the night, when the unmistakable sounds of laughter and singing can be heard from the balconies, verandas and gardens all across the country
If you live close to an IKEA store, join their celebration! Or follow their lead and host your own.
Their menu is mouthwatering:
Dining is traditionally outdoors, but in some areas the party is often driven indoors by summer storms, or heat (as in the southwest), or by aggressive mosquitoes!
Customary party accessories are comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon) and bibs.